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6 Apr 2017
9:21 am

Zuma convenes Presidential Local Government Summit


The Presidency says the two-day summit is being convened to provide 'strategic direction for the new term of local government'.

President Jacob Zuma during the Mandela Commemoration Medal Parade at the Waterkloof Airforce Base on December 7, 2014 in Pretoria. Picture: Gallo Images

President Jacob Zuma will on Wednesday morning convene the 3rd Presidential Local Government Summit in Midrand, Johannesburg, under the theme, “Transforming Municipal Spaces for Radical Social and Economic Development”.

The Presidency said the two-day summit was being convened to provide “strategic direction for the new term of local government and discuss a focused action plan that would help transform local government to ensure radical socioeconomic transformation in line with the Back to Basics Programme (B2B)”.

In a statement the Presidency added: “The summit will review progress made towards strengthening the system of local government based on reflections of the successes and challenges of the B2B approach which is a building block for what the National Development Plan defines as developmental local governance”.

The summit will further launch the Back to Basics programme’s second phase which will focus, among others, reconfiguration of the district system to augment regional economic development, regional infrastructure planning and delivery, as well as spatial transformation, the Presidency said.

Zuma initiated the Presidential Local Government Summit in 2009 to provide a platform wherein the President engages with the leadership of all three spheres of government on developmental programmes that would help address challenges facing municipalities in a quest to improve service delivery.